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Assessment of Adult Competencies

Adult Education Survey (AES)

The AES survey covers participation in education and training (formal, non-formal and informal learning) of adult population. Further education and training behavior in Germany has been recorded since 1979 as part of the Reporting System of Further Education (Berichtssystem Weiterbildung_BSW VIII). Since 2007, this survey has been aligned with the framework of Adult Education Survey (AES) by Eurostat and is therefore comparable with other European countries (for international data see https://www.gesis.org/en/missy/metadata/AES). AES international is carried out in a 5-year cycle (2007, 2011, 2016), while the AES for Germany has a 2-year cycle (2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020); furthermore, the surveys within the framework Berichtssystem Weiterbildung are available for Germany (1979, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004).

The AES access the training behavior of people in private households in Germany with 16- to 65-year-old adults. In addition to background information, household information and educational attainment, aspects such as job-related information, characteristics of the main professional activity, information on participation in various forms of learning (Formal Education, FED), participation on non-formal Education (NFE), information on select continuing education activities, (further) education barriers, access to (further) education, informal learning (INF), social participation as a learning opportunity, foreign language skills, or ICT skills were collected. Regarding further training activities, for example, the type and scope of the further training measures, their providers and specialist areas as well as learning interests are captured.

The survey results have been made available in three data sets since 2010: a data set based on the respondents (AES personal data set), a data set based on the further training events mentioned by the respondents (event-related AES data set, non-formal education / NFE) and a data set from informal learning activities (INF dataset) mentioned by the respondents. Table 1 (350 kB) (only in German) provides an overview of the AES data sets provided by the Research Data Center PIAAC.

Year Study Title Citation/DOI and Data Access
2020 Adult Education Survey (AES 2020 - Germany) Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Berlin (2021). Adult Education Survey (AES 2020 - Germany). GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA7778 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi.org/10.4232/1.13812.
2018 Adult Education Survey (AES 2018 - Germany) Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Berlin (2020). Adult Education Survey (AES 2018 - Germany). GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA7573 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi.org/10.4232/1.13461.
2016 Adult Education Survey (AES 2016 - Germany) Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Berlin (2018). Adult Education Survey (AES 2016 - Germany). GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA6887 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi.org/10.4232/1.13135.
Erhebung zum Weiterbildungsverhalten von Personen mit Migrationshintergrund (AES-Migra 2016) Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Berlin (2018). Erhebung zum Weiterbildungsverhalten von Personen mit Migrationshintergrund (AES-Migra 2016). GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA6986 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi.org/10.4232/1.13136.
2014 Adult Education Survey (AES 2014 - Germany) Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Berlin (2015). Adult Education Survey (AES 2014 - Germany). GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA5981 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi.org/10.4232/1.12276.
2012 Adult Education Survey (AES 2012 - Germany) Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Berlin (2014). Adult Education Survey (AES 2012 - Germany). GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA5354 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi.org/10.4232/1.11822.
2010 Adult Education Survey (AES 2010 - Germany) Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Berlin (2011). Adult Education Survey (AES 2010 - Germany). GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA5074 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi.org/10.4232/1.10825.
2007 Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW-AES 2007) Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Berlin (2008). Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW-AES 2007). GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA4264 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi.org/10.4232/1.4264.
Adult Education Survey (BSW-AES 2007 - Germany) Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Berlin (2008). Adult Education Survey (BSW-AES 2007 - Germany). GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA4265 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi.org/10.4232/1.4265.
2003 Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW IX) 2003 Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Berlin (2006). Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW IX) 2003. GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA4342 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi.org/10.4232/1.4342.
2000 Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW VIII) 2000 Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Bonn (2004). Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW VIII) 2000. GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA3997 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi.org/10.4232/1.3997.
1997 Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW VII) 1997 Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft, Forschung und Technologie, Bonn (2005). Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW VII) 1997. GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA4298 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi.org/10.4232/1.4298.
1994 Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW VI) 1994 Bundesministerium für Bildung und Wissenschaft, Bonn (2005). Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW VI) 1994. GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA4297 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi.org/10.4232/1.4297.
1991 Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW V) 1991 Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Bonn (2005). Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW V) 1991. GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA4296 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi.org/10.4232/1.4296.
1988 Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW IV) 1988 Bundesministerium für Bildung und Wissenschaft, Bonn (1991). Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW IV) 1988. GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA2040 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi.org/10.4232/1.2040.
1979 Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW I) 1979 Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Bonn (2005). Berichtssystem Weiterbildung (BSW I) 1979. GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA4295 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi.org/10.4232/1.4295.